Staying Together - support for young people at risk of entering care

Staying Together is a project offered by our Children’s Social Care services. It is designed to safely help young people at risk of entering care to stay with their families.

Who is the project for?

The project provides intensive support to young people aged from 11 to 18 years old and their families. The support usually lasts for a period of 4 to 12 weeks.

The project is also available for any 16 or 17 year old's that present as homeless. It will support and co-ordinate services for them.

How does it work?

The service uses a ‘relationship based’ model which focuses on assisting in addressing issues, such as edge of care, diversion from care and reunification. Their approach is based on a combination of systemic and solution focused thinking.

The service provides dedicated and skilled practitioners who engage directly with families. Together they identify workable solutions that meet the needs of both the young person and the parent or carer (or the care provider).

They assess problems, develop measurable goals and help the whole family acquire the skills necessary to achieve them.

How long does the support last for?

Staying Together works with families over a 4 to 12 week period. Support is reviewed during weeks three, six and nine, and then again at 12 weeks.

These reviews are used to see if the aims of the work have been met and to see if things have improved for the family.

Should more support be needed after the 12 weeks, then the family’s social worker can ask the Staying Together team for another cycle of support.

The allocated social worker for the young person will attend the review at six weeks. This means they can join the conversation around the progress that the family has made.

At the end of the support, the service will complete an ‘intervention report’. The family and the social worker will receive a copy the report.

Accessing the service

The family’s social worker will contact the Staying Together team to ask for them to help.

As part of this conversation, the allocated social worker will ask the Staying Together team to undertake particular pieces of work that have been agreed with the family during their Children and Family assessment .